Saturday Premier League: Can Spurs close on Chelsea?

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It’s a fairly vanilla Saturday coming up….

Tottenham vs Bournemouth

Spurs once again have the chance to close the gap on Chelsea, who don’t play until Sunday. The Lilywhites are at 7/4 to win by three or more given their record against the lower-half teams this season.

Bournemouth won’t be looking forward to this one having met Spurs three times in the Premier League era and losing the first two 5-1 and 3-0. They managed a goalless draw against Mauricio Pochettino’s side in October, but going to White Hart Lane will be a very different challenge.

Harry Kane’s at 7/1 to score from outside the penalty area, but he’s probably still just returning to full fitness. Heung-Min Son has scored four goals in three games in Kane’s absence, and the South Korean is at 7/2 to score first.

Crystal Palace vs Leicester

Leicester have now tasted their first defeat under Craig Shakespeare and his next task will be to overcome Premier League veteran Sam Allardyce, who got the better of Arsene Wenger again on Monday.

It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how these two sides try and counter one another. With Mamadou Sakho at the back, Palace aren’t likely to concede many, and Leicester will be defensive. That’s why we’re backing under 2.5 goals.

Jamie Vardy is at 9/4 to score in 90 minutes, but he was woeful in the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid. The England international managed just one pass and no shots in the entire quarter-final, so his confidence isn’t going to be high.

Southampton vs Manchester City

Manchester City’s clean sheets have been sparse this season, but particularly against top-half sides. Of the current top ten, their last clean sheet came against Watford in mid-December.

Even so, Pep Guardiola’s side are understandably favourites at 4/5. Southampton have only lost one league game in their last six, but City still have it all to play for as they look to consolidate their place in the top four.

Everton vs Burnley

Burnley’s poor away record continues, and it’s difficult to envisage anything but an Everton win here. The Toffees’ home record has been phenomenal this calendar year, scoring three or more on six occasions.

Romelu Lukaku bagged another two against Leicester last weekend, and the Belgian is at 5/2 to score first and add to his tally in the race for the Golden Boot.

Watford vs Swansea

Swansea thought they had done enough to pull themselves out of trouble a few weeks ago, but they’re right back in the mire now. Paul Clement’s side haven’t won since March 4 and sit 18th in the table.

Watford, meanwhile, have serious injury problems and shipped four at Spurs last week. A draw is at 23/10 as it’s very hard to separate the two, though Troy Deeney may be fit to start this weekend.

Sunderland vs West Ham

West Ham are at 6/5, but a lot of people will be confident backing them. It’s hard to see where Sunderland are going to get any points from their remaining games given their total lack of desire and confidence.

West Ham aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders, but they are 3/1 to win by one goal. Slaven Bilic’s side have little to play for now they’re unlikely to go down, but the manager desperately needs a win with the board breathing down his neck.

Stoke vs Hull

Hull are at 29/10, but they keep picking up points here and there, winning two out of their last three. What’s going to deter punters is the fact the Tigers haven’t won away in the league since 20 August when they beat Swansea.

Stoke have been terribly erratic, and they’ve won just one of their last seven. If Marco Silva’s men can pick something up here, it could prove absolutely vital to their survival hopes.